This interactive collection of Aesop's famous fables contains one free fable - "The Crow and The Pitcher" with in-app purchase available for additional stories. Only two are currently available, but more are promised from the developers. The other two currently available include "The Fox and The Grapes" and "The Lion and The Mouse". Traditional versions of the fables are used in innovative ways that take full advantage of the iPad.
Aesop's fables really do have a timeless quality and were among my favorites as a child. The tale of the crow and the pitcher is really remarkable in this edition, though. According to the story, the crow wants a drink, but the pitcher is only partially full and he cannot reach the water. He cannot tip it over so he ingeniously decides to drop stones into the vessel until the water level rises enough for him to drink. In this version, the reader gets to place the pebbles into the pitcher and watch the water level rise. When it is high enough, you can then tip the bird to drink with a heart appearing to show the crow's happiness. A very nice way to reinforce the story's content.
The other two fables have similar interactivity. In the fox and the grapes, the reader can fling the fox toward the grapes causing him to get close, but not quite close enough. Tears come from his eyes and steam from his ears when the bird taunts him. You can also remove the grapes in the final scene and play with them on the screen. In the lion and the mouse, the mouse imagines himself as a snack for the lion as the topping of an ice cream sundae (mouse a la mode). The lion drops tears when in the trap and the reader can free him by moving the mouse over the net (to nibble it) until the lion is free.
All three tales are interesting and well-made with easy page turning and nice instrumental music. The tales are not narrated, however. This would be a nice addition in a future update. The tales are also very short but do present a nice opportunity to discuss some complicated concepts and ideas. I look forward to seeing which fable they re-create for iPad next ... Aesop was rather prolific, so there is a lot to choose from. Overall, Aesop's moral stories come alive in this app. I would highly recommend downloading at least the first story. It was my favorite of the three, although they are all remarkable for their use of interactivity to underscore the storytelling.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
6 - 8 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 4 - 10 +
The Crow and The Pitcher comes free with this app. Additional stories can be purchased in-app. Currently available: The Fox and The Grapes and The Lion and The Mouse. Tortoise and The Hare will be available later this month, according to the developer.
"Aesop's Fables or Aesopica refers to a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and story-teller who lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. His fables are some of the most well known in the world. The fables remain a popular choice for moral education of children today. Many stories included in Aesop's Fables, such as The Fox and the Grapes (from which the idiom "sour grapes" derives), The Tortoise and the Hare, The North Wind and the Sun, The Boy Who Cried Wolf and The Ant and the Grasshopper are well-known throughout the world." [Source: Wikipedia]